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Norfolk County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

What Are Norfolk County Public Records?

Norfolk County public records are non-confidential data generated or received by a government entity. They include documentary materials like papers, recorded tapes, books, photographs, maps, and other statistical data or statements. These materials may be written, typewritten, or digitally recorded. Not all records are open to the public. Government records may be exempted from public view if they contain:

  • Documents specifically exempted from disclosure by statute.
  • Internal personnel rules and practices that may affect the performance of a government unit if disclosed
  • Medical files, personnel records, and other information that may constitute an unwarranted invasion of privacy if disclosed
  • Intra-agency or inter-agency letters or memoranda concerning policy positions being developed by the agency
  • Law enforcement investigatory materials and confidential investigative techniques that may compromise investigative efforts if disclosed
  • Financial data, commercial information, and trade secrets provided voluntarily upon a promise of confidentiality
  • Information on appraisals of real property acquired or to be acquired until the final agreement, terminated litigation, or expired litigation.
  • The identity and intellectual pursuits of persons using public library records
  • Materials used to administer, develop, or score a test, assessment, or examination instrument.
  • Other exemptions found within G. L. c. 4, § 7(26) or other legally applicable privileges

Norfolk County Crime Statistics

There were 1,149 violent crimes and 6,620 property crimes in Norfolk County in 2015, the most recent year with a complete set of records. Compared to 2010 figures, these represent a 19.9% drop in violent crime rate and a 35.3% drop in property crime incidents over the five-year period. Aggravated assault was the most common violent crime in Norfolk County in 2015, with 908 cases. Other incidences of violent crimes include two murders, 92 rapes, and 147 robberies. A breakdown of property crime figures for the county shows that there were 1,233 burglaries, 5,048 larcenies, 339 vehicle thefts, and 17 arson incidents. Norfolk County's five-year crime trend reveals that murder (87.5%), aggravated assault (12.8%), robbery (50%), burglary (44.9%), larceny (32.7%), vehicle theft (32.2%), and arson (43.3%) rates declined. Rape (10.8%) was the only crime to record a higher incidence in the five-year period.

Are Norfolk County Criminal Records Public?

Norfolk County criminal records are public information. These documents contain official reports of an individual's complete criminal history, such as arraignments, convictions, and case details. Interested persons can get these from the criminal records system managed by the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services. Name-based searches by an individual or organization should be with the iCORI system, while approved non-criminal justice agencies can conduct fingerprint-based checks with the SAFIS service.

How to Obtain Norfolk County Police Reports and Arrest Records?

Norfolk County arrest records, incident reports, and other police records are available at the Police Department in the municipality where the event took place. For instance, the Norfolk Town Police Department will have reports of incidents or cases within its jurisdiction and process requests made through the Records Office. Individuals should note that most Norfolk arrest records do not provide proof of conviction, and access to police reports may be strictly for involved parties and authorized agencies or persons.

How to Find Sex Offender Information in Norfolk County

Sex offender information for all counties in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is available in a central database maintained by the Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB). This statewide registry includes records of Level 2 and Level 3 offenders registered after July 12, 2013. Members of the public can access this registry on the SORB website.

Use the Name Search feature to find specific offenders by their last and first names. Provide details like registration status to improve the search result. To pull a list of all registered sex offenders living in Norfolk County, use the Count search function. Residents can also search by city, zip code, and street address.

How to Find Norfolk County Inmate Records

Records of incarcerated offenders who are awaiting trial or serving a sentence of two and a half years or less are available at the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office. Norfolk County does not put its jail and inmate records online. To request these records and/or find an inmate in the county jail, interested persons may request records by contacting the office at:

200 West Street,
P.O. Box 149
Dedham, MA 02026
Phone: (781) 329-3705
Fax: (781) 326-6020
Email: records_request@norfolksheriffma.org

Requesters may have to provide the inmate's name, date of birth, and other details, as well as valid identification and processing fees if required. Victims and witnesses of crimes may also contact the Sheriff's Office Victim Service Unit to receive information concerning the inmate's release.

How Do I Visit an Inmate in Norfolk County Jail?

Inmates in the Norfolk County Correctional Center may have up to five pre-approved persons visit while incarcerated. Prospective visitors must complete the visitor form for approval and send it to:

Norfolk Sheriff’s Office
200 West Street,
P.O. Box 149
Dedham, MA 02027
Phone: (781) 329-3705 (Attn: Records Division)
Fax: (781) 326-6020 (Attn: Lobby Officers)

Processing may take up to 10 days, and the visitor's list changes every three months. Approved persons have to consult the inmates’ visiting schedule for setting appointments or contact or non-contact visits.

Court Records

Norfolk County court records are documentary materials that contain details of judicial procedures filed by any court in the county. Examples of Norfolk court records include dockets, transcripts, audio/video recordings, judgment rolls, and so on. These materials contain information on civil, criminal, traffic, juvenile, and other matters filed in different courts in the county. Locations of courts in the county are as follows:

Superior Courts

Norfolk County Superior Court
650 High Street,
Dedham, MA 02026
Phone: (781) 326-1600

District Courts

Brookline District Court
360 Washington Street,
Brookline, MA 02445
Phone: (617) 232-4660

Dedham District Court
631 High Street,
Dedham, MA 02026
Phone: (781) 329-4777

Milford District Court
161 West Street,
Milford, MA 01757
Phone: (508) 473-1260
Fax: (508) 634-8477

Quincy District Court
1 Dennis Ryan Parkway,
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: (617) 471-1650
Fax: (617) 472-1924

Stoughton District Court
1288 Central Street,
Stoughton, MA 02072
Phone: (781) 344-2131
Fax: (781) 341-8744

Wrentham District Court
60 East Street,
Wrentham, MA 02093
Phone: (508) 384-3106
Fax: (508) 384-9454 (Civil)
Fax: (508) 384-5052 (Criminal)

Probate and Family Courts

Norfolk Probate and Family Court
35 Shawmut Road,
Canton, MA 02021
Phone: (781) 830-1200
Fax: (781) 830-4310

Housing Courts

Central Housing Court - Worcester Session
225 Main Street,
Worcester, MA 01608
Phone: (508) 831-2050

Eastern Housing Court
24 New Chardon Street,
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 788-6233

Housing Court Administrative Office
Edward W. Brooke Courthouse
24 New Chardon Street,
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 788-6500

Juvenile Courts

Brookline District Court
360 Washington Street,
Brookline, MA 02445
Phone: (617) 232-4660

Dedham Juvenile Court
55 Allied Drive,
Dedham, MA 02026
Phone: (781) 329-1500

Quincy Juvenile Court
1 Dennis Ryan Parkway,
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: (617) 376-7505

Stoughton Juvenile Court
1288 Central Street,
Stoughton, MA 02072
Phone: (781) 329-1500 (Mon-Wed)
Phone: (781) 341-9162 (Thurs-Fri)
Fax: (781) 341-9161

Are Norfolk County Court Records Public?

Norfolk County court recordings are publicly available, except when under court seal or exempted from disclosure by law. Individuals may choose to obtain copies with redacted sensitive information or petition the court for disclosure of private records, which may be granted if public interest outweighs the need for privacy.

How to Obtain Norfolk County Civil Court Case Records

Interested persons may find civil case information online or obtain copies after requests to the court or clerk keeping the document. For instance, individuals might visit or mail 650 High Street, Dedham, MA 02026 for Superior Court records or 35 Shawmut Road, Canton, MA 02021 for cases heard by the Norfolk Probate and Family Court. To initiate a request by mail, download, complete, and send appropriate request forms to the custodian. Include case descriptions and a check or money order covering copy fees in the mail.

How to Obtain Norfolk County Criminal Court Records

Norfolk County criminal court records may be available in the court where the case was filed. Individuals may also obtain dockets or case information online. To request copies of these records, make requests in person or send request forms or letters containing case numbers and other details to the appropriate filing court. Also, pay duplication fees and present valid identification when required.

Conducting a search is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.

What Are Norfolk County Vital Records?

Norfolk County vital records are government-generated documents that present official accounts or verification of life events that happened under the county’s jurisdiction. These include divorce decrees, death records, marriage licenses, birth certificates, and other similar documents maintained and issued by different departments at the county or state level. For instance, the state’s Registry of Vital Records and Statistics (RVRS) maintains statewide vital records, while divorce records are available locally at the Norfolk Probate and Family Court.

Where and How to Obtain Norfolk County Divorce Records

The Norfolk Probate and Family Court is the custodian of Norfolk divorce records. Interested persons may make queries in person or mail request forms containing docket number, fees, and other required information to the court at:

35 Shawmut Road,
Canton, MA 02021
Phone: (781) 830-1200
Fax: (781) 830-4310
Email: norfolkprobate@jud.state.ma.us

The court charges $20 for each certificate of absolute divorce, $20 for the first page of a certified copy of divorce judgment, and $1 for each additional page. For historic divorce records, consider accessing court archives.

Where and How to Get Public Norfolk County Marriage Records

The Registry of Vital Records and Statistics maintains and grants access to Norfolk County marriage certificates since 1926, while older records may be available at the State Archives. However, access to RVRS records may be restricted to the couple, their relations, legal guardians, or representatives. Interested persons should make requests in person at the Registry counter or send a mail order form with the couple’s names, marriage date, location, fees, and proof of identification to:

Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mount Vernon Street,
1st Floor
Dorchester, MA 02125
Phone: (617) 740-2600

The office charges $20 per copy for in-person requests and $32 per copy for mailed requests. Alternatively, copies of Norfolk County marriage records are also available at the Town Clerk's Office where the license was issued.

Where and How to Get Confidential Marriage Records in Norfolk County

There are no confidential marriage records in Norfolk County. Access is just partly restricted to persons with direct claims or tangible interests on the document.

Where and How to Find Norfolk County Birth Records

Norfolk County birth records from 1926 till date are available at the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics. However, these records are mainly available to persons with direct or legitimate claims, such as the registrants, parents, legal guardians, and legal representatives. The RVRS accepts requests made in person or via mail to:

Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mount Vernon Street,
1st Floor
Dorchester, MA 02125
Phone: (617) 740-2600

For Norfolk County birth certificate requests made in person, requesters will need to provide the subject’s name, parents’ names, birth date, $20 fees, and proof of identification. Alternatively, individuals can fill the birth details in the mail order form and send with a proof of identification and a $32 check or money order made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Older birth records may be available at the State Archives.

Where and How to Find Norfolk County Death Records

Records of deaths that happened in Norfolk County from 1926 till the present are available at the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, while older birth records may be available at the State Archives. For in-person requests, the office opens from Monday to Friday between 8:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. If you opt for a mail request, download and complete a vital record mail order form send it to:

Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mount Vernon Street,
1st Floor
Dorchester, MA 02125
Phone: (617) 740-2600

Include a photocopy of valid photo identification, as well as a check or money for copy fees. The Registry of Vital Records charges $32 for each certified copy of a valid record requested by mail. It also accepts cash for in-person requests and charges $20 for each copy issued.